The American Journal of Psychoanalysis

, Volume 21, Issue 1, pp 85–91 | Cite as

The unconscious wish an operational examination

  • N. S. Lehrman


The operations involved in the formulation and offering of “unconscious wish” interpretations have been examined. The analyst infers his “unconscious wish” hypothesis from his observation of the patient's inaccurate responses, primarily in the affective sphere. Immediate free association to these inaccurate conscious responses is another commonly used method for the location of the bridge of reminiscence. This method omits the inferential “unconscious wish” step and may thus reduce the time and pain required for psychoanalytic reconstruction.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • N. S. Lehrman
    • 1
  1. 1.Albert Einstein College of MedicineThe Bronx

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